The iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are still slugging it out, leaving consumers on the horns of a dilemma.
iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: worlds alike
The iPhone 5 launched to some mixed critiques. Many have said that Apple isn’t innovative anymore. Compare this to the warm reception the Samsung Galaxy S3 has had (barring its plastic tacky styling). Which one is truly best, though?
Screens: The iPhone 5 screen is now 4” (up from 3.5”) with a 1,136×640 resolution. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8” Super AMOLED display, and both are HD and 16:9. The S3’s size wins it.
Innovation: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has six colour variants, but it’s nowhere near as well-designed as the iPhone 5. It’s also 133g compared to 112g. This means a win for Apple as in the world of consumer electronics the thinner and lighter device is considered more advanced.
Battery: The iPhone 5 gives around eight hours of talk (10 on Wi-Fi). The Samsung Galaxy S3 gives this time too, although it says it’ll give twice that on paper. A looped video test found that both phones died after around 7.5 hours. The iPhone 5 lasted for 17 minutes longer than the S3 at web browsing, so it’s a draw.
Camera: The iPhone 5 camera is an improvement on the 4S, and its front camera is capable of 720p films. The Samsung Galaxy S3 rear camera has contrast/blurring options, as well as a burst mode and smile and blink detection. This is still not enough to help it to catch up to the iPhone 5 and its BSI sensor that performs brilliantly in low light.
Power: The A6 processor in the iPhone 5 is a massive leap from the A5 in the iPhone 4S. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an Exynos 1.4GHz quad-core chip with 1GB of RAM. Geekbench results put these phones as equals despite the numbers. The iPhone 5 is ahead with some benchmarks and the S3 with others, so it’s a draw. The same applies to the US version of the S3 with its dual-core processor & 2GB RAM.
OS: The iPhone 5 has iOS 6, with improved iCloud, Siri and App Store. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has ICS, but is now getting Jelly Bean. Operating system makes for a hard choice – if you want user-friendly, it’s iOS 6 for you. If you want to tinker with your OS to make it really yours, go for Android. It’s a draw, as it’s up to you.
Storage and connectivity: Both phones come in 16,32 and 64GB flavours, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 can take another 64GB on SD, which gives it a massive advantage. It can also take a charge from a generic microUSB cable, whereas the iPhone 5 has its special Lightning connector. It charges the phone very quickly, but the iPhone 5 doesn’t have NFC or MHL, so the S3 has two wins here.
Looks: The iPhone 5 is the outright winner. The Samsung Galaxy S3 chunky plastic body just can’t hold a candle to the industrial ergonomics of the razor thin aluminum iPhone 5.
Conclusion: The phones draw in four factors, and win three each, so it’s a toughie! These phones are different but at the same time world’s alike that you can’t differentiate the winner, really. You’ll have to make your choice based on OS in the end.